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    Default Breastfeeding naturally, opinions please

    This book has been recommended to me to have a read before bub arrives. I really would love to have a successful breastfeeding relationship with this baby so would like to read a bit on the subject before he arrives. Has anyone read it and what were your thoughts on the book? Is there any other books that anyone can recommend?


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    It is awesome. Well worth the cost. In fact, well worth the cost of joining the ABA just for the book. (I'd recommend joining, for all the extra benefits as well - meetings, counsellors, access to your local ABA library for lots of other books & resources)

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    It's a beautiful book, I read it all the time, great to refer to.

    Sue xxx

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    I agree, it is a good reference. I read a little before DD1 arrived and kept it next to me over the first few months of her birth. I kept referring to it as together we worked out the whole breastfeeding thing! From all the books I have seen, it is the most comprehensive and the most practical.

    The other thing I recommend that really worked for me was reading all of the bf problems/stories here on BB. In the months before DD was born, I read every thread in the breastfeeding problems and support section. It really opened my eyes to the real problems women faced when attempting to breastfeed and was a really realistic idea of what to expect if things went pear shaped. What really hit home as I read the threads and the replies to the threads that the answer was always, always the same. "Keep at it, it is working, as long as you are getting plenty of wet and soiled nappy your baby is getting all they need". The reality that there are many right ways to breastfeed and to keep plugging away with a few minor adjustments if things are challenging was a great realisation. I am glad I did as we had a 10 week challenging journey before I could say that breastfeeding was properly established (I put this down to the c/s and time away from DD post birth - with my natural birth, things fell into place right away.)

    All the best!

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    It really is one of the "must reads" before a baby arrives. You might not read it all at first, but read the getting started bits and then use as a reference as you go. It retails at $34.95 but you get it free if you join ABA - and many more benefits to boot!! You have a wise friend!!

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    Agree - if you only read one book, make sure it is this one! I believe this book is what made my bfing journey a success. Yes I had to refer back to it numerous times, but I found the straight forward language and photos showing the diffferent attachments etc a lifesaver. I have even lent it out to friends and it's become their 'bible' too.

    Good luck!

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    I'd join the ABA and get the book thrown in, it can be so helpful having IRL contacts that you can see and meet up with to tackle some of the little challenges that come up from time to time. The book is very useful and much better than bfing info in any other parenting/baby book I've come across.

    Good on you for getting yourself prepared early! The other thing is that if you join the ABA your local group will probably run an info session for pg mums before you give birth (they do them from time to time) and that might be another place where you can pick up some good advice. Actually, you don't have to join to go along as a guest to a couple of meetings, so you could try it out and see what you think.

    GL!

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    Definitely get it! It is probably one of the most easy to read and common sense books on breastfeeding around. As the others have suggested perhaps think about joining the ABA and get a copy for free? I've been breastfeeding for 14 months now and I still refer to it now and again. Pinky McKay has a few useful articles on her website too that are worth a look.

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